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AECF - FCs and ETs

For families that have a loved one serving the Navy as an FC or an ET. This is the place to share and learn more about their jobs and schools. For subs - look for the SECF group.

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Discussion Forum

Family Chits and Liberty Questions

Started by CrissySue May 19, 2017. 0 Replies

Moving to great Lakes

Started by ismenia. Last reply by ismenia Feb 25, 2017. 6 Replies

C-school for Reserve?

Started by CherylG. Last reply by CherylG Feb 14, 2017. 2 Replies

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Comment by Anti M on Tuesday

ATT is nine weeks, their A school is ... I want to say 19 weeks without looking it up.  FC C schools can be quite long.

There usually is a short hold for ATT, but since many ratings take it, they class up pretty quickly.  While it is self-paced, they also have an instructor on hand and must keep to a class schedule.  After that, they must wait for enough FC students to class up for A school.  This can be weeks or months.  They are kept busy.  Now and then the FC C schools back up, so there is a chance of being on hold after graduation waiting for orders.  

The timing is such you probably can expect them to be able to take holiday leave and be home for Christmas.

Comment by Allison on Tuesday
Comment by Allison on Tuesday

Your sailor will be transported down the street to TSC Great Lakes after PIR. They’ll go through indoc and then have liberty that weekend to spend time with family. Then, they’ll do ATT, which I think is like 6 weeks. Once they pass that, they’ll do their A School, which is about 6-8 months long, 200 and something days. Anywhere from a month to a week before graduation, they’ll get orders. If it’s a short C School, they’ll get orders for their C School AND their first permanent duty station. If it’s a long C School (as in a few months), they may not get their first duty station until they graduate C School. The entire process takes about 1-2 years just depending on hold times and C School length. That’s the gist of it. Others may be able to offer more detail, and if you google NavyCOOL, you can get the detailed information for each rate. 

Comment by Karen on Tuesday

Can anyone explain to me how A school and C school work for a new graduate from boot camp for FC rate?

Comment by Allison on July 24, 2018 at 2:32am

Usps will also deliver priority mail boxes to your house if you want to save a trip to the post office. It’s free to get the boxes. They give packages of like 10 at a time or something. You can also pay the shipping for it online, print your label, and have it picked up from your door in some areas. It makes it way less of a hassle trying to get to a post office before they close or standing in long lines on weekends. 

Comment by ds518085 on July 23, 2018 at 11:36pm

Thank you!

Comment by Anti M on July 23, 2018 at 3:12pm

Remember, nothing is delivered to them directly, so they might have to haul it around.  

Comment by Macomber on July 23, 2018 at 11:13am

Definitely USPS is preferred.  

Comment by ds518085 on July 23, 2018 at 10:59am

Does anyone know the preferred way to send clothes? USPS, Fed Ex, UPS?

Comment by Anti M on July 18, 2018 at 2:03pm

ATT is about nine weeks.  However, there can be a hold between ATT and A school, hard to predict how long that may be.  HIs C school might not start right away, if so, they are usually held at Great Lakes as there is more berthing there.  He'll still be in school for Christmas, A or C won't matter, so chances are high he can take a week or so of leave to come home.  He may even get both after A school leave and Christmas leave ...


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